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January 31st, 2014


Food for Tots were featured again in a nutritional article published in the Year in Review edition of Childcare Today. Click to read our full article: Packing a Power Lunch for Your Children. Parents who have all of their children enrolled at a childcare centre full-time don’t need to worry about packing lunches for their children. However, there are many parents whose children attend school for a portion of the day or have older sibblings enrolled in school. For them, planning everyday lunches can be a chore, yet lunch is a crucial component of a balanced daily nutrition plan.

Here are a few things to consider when planning a child’s daily meals, including snacks:

Choose Visually Appealing Foods
We all eat with our eyes. Children are no different. Your child will eat with much more enthusiasm if the meals you make are visually appealing.Researchers have found that children are most attracted to lots of items and colour on their plate. They tend to prefer up to six different colours. Children are also drawn to fun shapes and
to food items they can eat with their hands.

Know How Many And How Long
Children often have two nutrition breaks at school. It’s important to have enough food in the lunch box for each nutrition break. You’ll also need to discuss with your child what to eat and when, so that all of the food isn’t eaten in the first break. Nutrition Breaks Are At Your Child’s School. If you know your child is a slower eater and food is coming home at the end of the school day, consider cutting up the food beforehand. It will save minutes during a nutrition break.

Add Superfoods To Your Child’s Lunch
Superfoods are a great source of essential fats, vitamins, minerals, lean proteins and iron. Some experts advocate introducing children to these kinds of foods early so they can learn to enjoy the tastes and create good eating habits.

To Sandwich Or Not To Sandwich
Sandwiches are a great way to include the protein component of lunch. Try a variety of different sandwiches such as egg salad, tuna, hummus & vegetable or a chicken wrap, all of which are all great sources of protein. Some children do prefer a hot lunch over a sandwich and thermos lunches are a great way to add variety and keep children
interested. Try adding chicken with pasta or quinoa as an alternative to a sandwich.

One of the keys to successful lunch and snack time is communication with your child about what they’ll be eating. To keep them interested, get their feedback and get them involved. When given the opportunity, many children will take great pride in helping put their lunch box together every day.

Read the full article here: Packing a Power Lunch for Your Children.